Punjab Kings

New Home, New Hope?

The Punjab Kings (PBKS) enter IPL 2024 with a sense of cautious optimism. They’ve retained their core group, including captain Shikhar Dhawan and their coaching staff. Their biggest acquisition is Harshal Patel, a proven performer who strengthens their bowling attack.

Bowling Boost

The addition of Patel alongside Kagiso Rabada and a strong pace attack gives PBKS a much-needed boost in the bowling department. This was their weakest link in the previous season, where they picked the fewest wickets and had the worst bowling average.

Batting Relies on Overseas Stars

A lot of PBKS’ batting success hinges on the performance of their English trio – Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, and Sam Curran. The middle order might lack depth in terms of Indian talent.

Jitesh Sharma: A Breakout Candidate

Jitesh Sharma, the wicketkeeper-batsman, is a player to watch. His big-hitting abilities and recent India call-up make him a potential X-Factor for PBKS.

Challenges Remain

The biggest challenge for PBKS will be adapting to their new home ground and potentially losing their key English players during the playoffs due to international commitments.

Overall Outlook

With a stronger bowling attack and continuity in leadership, PBKS has a good chance to improve on their past performances. However, their over-reliance on overseas players and the uncertainty of the new ground pose potential hurdles. If they can overcome these challenges, they might finally break their playoff drought.